Flood Advisory issued May 23 at 10:47AM MDT expiring May 25 at 4:42PM MDT in effect for: Weld
The CALL7 Investigators obtained an internal memo from the executive director of Laradon Hall that contradicts many of the statements he made during an on-camera interview.Laradon Hall is in northwest Denver and was started in 1948 as an alternative school for people with developmental disabilities. According to its website, there are more than 650 participants in Laradon programs and services, and the school has been successful for decades.Laradon Hall has a $10 million annual budget and about 92 percent of that money comes from state and federal taxes -- the rest from donors.The memo from Laradon Hall Executive Director Frank Lucero, dated Feb. 18, did not deny any of the issues raised by the CALL7 Investigation but reads: "Laradon's stakeholders can be assured that the government funding we receive is used for its intended purposes."That statement directly contradicts Lucero's on-camera interview with CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia in which Ferrugia pointed out that Laradon spent $200,000 to $300,000 renovating the management areas while boilers in at least one of the client buildings did not work properly."If I said to you there are people who believe that you spent money on the management areas here, but [developmentally disabled] clients went wanting, would you understand why they feel that way?" Ferrugia asked Lucero."Oh, absolutely. It wasn't supposed to be that way," said Lucero, explaining that it should not have been management first, "but it was."But, again contradicting Lucero's on-camera admissions, the Feb. 18 memo told stakeholders, "We are proactive with our upkeep and repair of our buildings and take great pride in making certain that our campus is well maintained."